Protonation and electrochemical reduction of rhodium- and iridium-dinitrogen complexes in organic solution

Gannon P. Connor, Nicholas Lease, Andrea Casuras, Alan S Goldman, Patrick L. Holland, James M. Mayer

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Protonation and reduction of pincer-ligated Rh- and Ir-N2 complexes have been studied by NMR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry to assess the capability of these complexes to activate or reduce N2. Protonation, which is a prerequisite to electrochemical reduction, results in a cationic metal-hydride that loses N2 under an atmosphere of Ar. Reduction of the metal-hydride results in fast disproportionation of an unobserved transient Ir2+ species. These studies suggest that the regioselectivity of initial protonation is a strong determinant for the ability of a system to facilitate the reduction of N2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14325-14330
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number41
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017


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  • Inorganic Chemistry

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